The pilot of the amphibious Lake LA4 airplane was conducting a takeoff from a lake near Hickory, N.C., when he rejected the takeoff because there were power lines and a bridge in the direction of takeoff and he was unsure whether the airplane would be able to clear them.
During the rejected takeoff, he reduced engine power, however the airplane became airborne.
He initiated a slight right turn toward more open water. After touching down, the airplane “water looped.”
The aft portion of the fuselage was substantially damaged during the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s inadequate preflight planning and attempted takeoff with obstacles in the direction of departure, and his failure to maintain control of the airplane during the rejected takeoff.
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This April 2020 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.